Thing #23: Wrap Up

May 6, 2008

What was your favorite thing you learned about?

I enjoyed looking over the Web 2.0 award winners at SEOmoz. Many of the two point oh challenges were easy and familiar to me, but I found a few interesting sites at SEOmoz.

What did you like least about Web 2.0?

I’m glad the challenge was implemented so quickly after the committee was formed but I wish I could have been even sooner. Many of our patrons have been asking for help (since I began working here) with 2.o apps and so few Librarians were knowledgeable enough to help.

What areas of Web 2.0 do you think the library should get more involved in?

The library must allow users to access this technology. Why isn’t there a music downloading station in the Library? Why can’t people bring their iPods and iTunes gift certificates here for use? We have to find ways to accomodate usage of 2.0 hardware as well as the software. Why are there so few PCplus machines?

What Web 2.0 services have you shared with your friends and family?

My family has become familiar with Flickr, MySpace, and Facebook thanks in some part to me.

Look up Web 3.0 and predict what you think it will be.

I’ve been reading a lot about Web 3.0. Many believe it will be a semantic web: “an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which the semantics of information and services on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to understand and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content.” These people see the eveolution of the web like this. The early web was machine to people. No interaction. We simply took information from the web. Only developers and programmers were providing content. Web 2.0 was people to people. It’s all about generating|sharing|commenting on content.

Web 3.0 would be machine to machine. “The semantic web is a vision of information that is understandable by computers, so that they can perform more of the tedious work involved in finding, sharing and combining information on the web” [Wikipedia]. I believe, in order for machines to understand machines and make “intuitive” decisions, something will need to be done about standards.

But I believe Web 3.0 will also involve huge advances in hardware, where touch screen capability will compliment a highly developed semantic web. Keyboards, the mouse, and low pixel per inch resolutions will become as obsolete as the operating systems they now run with.


Thing #22: ListenNJ

May 6, 2008

I’ve never had the urge to download an audio book. First, I rarely listen to audio books (not even while driving – I’d get way to distracted, resulting in a crash or missed narrative) and I hate having to download new programs to my computer (see, “Why I love YouTube“) and ListenNJ isn’t compatible with my iPod anyway (and OverDrive has been saying for years that they are working on Mac compatibility – phoey – I’ll be deaf before that happens). That being said, I’ve walked many partons through the steps, either over the phone (which is rather difficult with tyros) or in person on a Library PC. If I really want to listen to an audio book, I get it on CD from the library, import it to my iTunes and listen to it on my iPod. When I’m done, I delete it (they mess up my music folder!). But there are so few good audio CDs that I rarely even bother.


Thing #21: Finding & Listening to Podcasts

May 6, 2008

I searched Podcast.com for Harry Potter themed casts and found MuggleCast. Brought about by the people behind MuggleNet (my favorite Harry Potter site), this cast features interviews with some of the movie cast members and discusses various aspects of the book.

I use an iPod and have iTunes installed on my home computer. I have used it to subscribe to MuggleCast. Whether I will have the time to listen to podcasts regularly is another matter. I find myself using my computer less and less during my personal time.


Thing #20: YouTube

May 6, 2008

I took this video during a weekend trip to Columbia, South Carolina for a two-day grass volleyball tournament called The Clash. I love YouTube and have been using it for about two years now. It’s easy to upload photos and share them with family. So much easier than having to download an assortment of video playing software (like Quicktime, Flash, RealPlayer). This video features my boy Luis and our friend Daren (whose triples team ultimately took second place in the Men’s A Triples division on Saturday – they really rocked) getting the action started the MINUTE we touched down in SC. They couldn’t even wait to get outside before the popped the volleyball out of the bag and started peppering.  


Thing #19: 2.0 Winners

May 1, 2008

So I headed over to SEOmoz and sized up the big winners. First, I hit up the Book award category. Having already scoped out LibraryThing, I decided to give Biblio.org a try. I’ve long wanted to find the out of print but brilliant juvenile funny book Space Cadets: Jerks in Training by R.L. Stine. I found it on Biblio and bought for one dollar (plus $3.99 shipping). Sweet deal. I will let you know how it works out.

Yelp.comThen I spotted “City Guides and Reviews” so I clicked over to Yelp.com, a delightful site for anyone preparing for a trip. First, I browsed some places I already know (mostly my favorite restaurants in DC) and I found the reviews to be accurate and the information about each restaurant was given in great detail (take out services, hours, address, reservations, parking, prices, etc.). As I prepare for ALA in Anaheim, you can bet I’ll be using Yelp to find some nearby yummy local hot spots.

Another site I really like is farecast.com. I love the left hand toolbar (it appears after you do an initial search) allowing you to narrow results (airports, departure and arrival times, airlines, prices, etc.). I think it just replaced Orbitz on my list!


Thing #18: Web Apps

April 30, 2008

How would you use the collaborative features of Google Docs or Zoho at your branch for a project?

I’ve used Google Docs for various collaborative projects: tracking school visits, outreach stats, SAIL projects, etc. I also use Google Docs to track my training hours. That way, whenever I’m up for a review, my supervisor can easily see all the training I’ve completed. Virtual spreadsheets have made it easy to track volunteer hours, allowing assistants and temp workers to contribute data. Basically, anything you used to do and share via flash drive/floppy, you can now do seamlessly virtually.

Is there a project currently that you’re working on where Google Docs could help or save time?

Once everyone in my department is comfortable using online tools (thanks to the OCL challenge), I do think we could use something like Google Docs. The major obsticle for using anything computer related is that much of the staff in my department share a computer. This can often make getting things done on a computer less efficient than using paper!


Thing #17: Sandbox

April 29, 2008

As I mentioned in an early post, I like PB Wiki. It’s okay. Fairly easy to use. Enough space for small collaborative projects. I’ve used it to present a class on Web 2.0, uploading various links, pictures, files (instructions), and then encourages those who had the class to log in and edit pages with their own comments and findings. A year after giving the class, I heard from a Librarian new to the system that she had stumbled across my page and used it to learn 2.0. Pretty cool. I could see it being used for small committee work, especially in a system this large, when traveling between branches can be troublesome.

My contributions to the sandbox include a link to my fabu blog and a lovely hockey banner. GO FLYERS!